Dancing With The Stars fans have a new season ahead of them with Season 23 ready to premiere and there are some juicy changes to the slate of professional dancers participating this fall. Maksim Chmerkovskiy is back, but Peta Murgatroyd will not be on DWTS this time around. What is the scoop on this shift?

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Dancing With the Stars brought Maks back as Peta takes a break

Fans know that Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd got engaged last December and now they are expecting their first child together. Rumors about a baby started swirling after the spring Dancing With the Stars finale, and as Us Weekly noted in May, they will be welcoming a baby in a matter of months. Given the pregnancy, Murgatroyd needed to take Season 23 of DWTS off. Having Chmerkovskiy come back, however, was a big surprise for fans.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy | Us Weekly - usmagazine.com
Maksim Chmerkovskiy | Us Weekly - usmagazine.com

Allison Holker did participate as a pro the season leading into the birth of her child not long ago, but the timing was significantly different as she wrapped up her run before her pregnancy hit the third trimester. In Peta's case, she has just a few months to go before Baby Chmerkovskiy arrives, so she is going to be watching rather than participating this time around. However, her absence seemed like the perfect opportunity for her fiance to step back into the Dancing With the Stars mix of things.

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There are other shockers on Dancing With the Stars this fall as well

Mark Ballas is also taking a break this fall, but Derek Hough is back for another spin on the dance floor after earlier noting that he would be taking a break. In addition, Cheryl Burke is back after a few seasons away as well. The slate of celebrities has viewers buzzing already and people cannot wait to see how Maks does in his partnership with Amber Rose.

Will Peta Murgatroyd return to Dancing With the Stars next spring after her baby with Maksim Chmerkovskiy is born?

Will he stick around DWTS now or is this just a one-time return? Fans cannot wait to get started with Season 23 and see just which pair snags the mirror-ball trophy this fall.

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